Archive for the ‘Live to the Max’ Category

Tuesday, December 16th 2014

5 Fitness Progress Photos with Hidden Messages In Them

Let me set the scene for you…

This past Sunday, Joe (JoJo Jr) says; “I’m about to go to the gym…”

…and I surprise him by replying; “Cool, I think I may come along with you and make a guest appearance.”

He says; “Sweet, let’s go…”

This is out of the ordinary, because I rarely go into a gym these days. See, most of the time I work out at home, on ‘The Atlas Unit’ – pictured here in the far left corner – (and then at the bottom of today’s post so you can get the full effect of the master-piece with all the attachments on.)

But it was the PERFECT opportunity for some quality father/son time. I remember the days I used to do this with my father – and still do, when we visit NY – or when my parents come to Florida.

So, I’ll make note here of “The Ripple Effect”… My father never pushed fitness on us. He simply ‘did it’. And I wanted to do it. Same for my brother and sister. We all do it now. And we’ve influenced our kids – their friends – our friends, etc… THE RIPPLE EFFECT.

Atlas Home Gym Sneak Peek
Atlas Home Gym Room Sneak Peak
 
So – to “the gym” we went…

posing 2 with Joe Joey Jr
44yo VS 18yo
 
posing with Joe Joey Jr
More Goofing Off
 

After a few fun posing shots – Joe took a few shots for this blog post…

bodyweight calf raise and deep stretch
Slow Body-weight Calf Raises & Deep Stretch

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One of My Favorite Ab/Core Exercises

IMPORTANT NOTE: even though I went to the gym – I still did my thing. Mostly body-weight training, ‘unconventional’ as compared to what most of the members & trainers are used to seeing there… ‘The Atlas Way’.. so, felt lots of eyeballs on me. A good sign… (The Ripple Effect).

So let’s talk about today’s title: Progress and Hidden Messages…

Topic #1: Progress

In theses photos we have 3 examples of progress:

A – My Personal Progress: I’m still maintaining my best levels of fitness & health via the strengthening of my mindset and all that goes into it. Still aiming higher – but with ‘balance’. Optimal Aging and Living to the Max is a daily practice – and state of mind based on values… NOT just something to say I’m interested in – or “Oh I eventually need to do that.”

Now is the time.

B – Joe’s Progress: He’s passed me in height – and he’s aiming to pass me in “fitness” (muscle). He’s come a long way in the last few years and has great potential with the drive to keep reaching for it. (My girls do too :-)

C – Proof of the Effectiveness of the Atlas Unit: Again – I rarely ‘go to the gym’, so 99% of my workouts for the last 7 years have been on the Atlas Unit. IT WORKS. So… I’m brainstorming some BIG PLANS for it – to bring it out to the world and share ‘The Method’ with others who want ‘in’. The aim is to create a HUGE Ripple Effect :-) Stay tuned…

Atlas Unit with All Attachments On

Atlas Unit with All Attachments On

Topic #2: Hidden Messages

All-righty – let’s have some fun with this one…

I’ll share one – and then you can use the space below to share any you may have picked up on as you review today’s post.

Hidden Message #1: Yes, I’m not one to hit ‘the gym’ as I have everything I need for my physique and fitness at home. BUT, there’s something to be said for being flexible, for the sake of our relationships – and sharing quality time with the people in our lives.

That leads me to a hint for Hidden Message #2: Joe and I also used that ‘gym time’ to gather “intel” – to observe and glean insights into opportunities that exist in the fitness industry :-)

Have any thoughts, fun comments, awesome questions – or just want to take a try at one of the other hidden messages? I’d love to hear from you – so please post in the space below – that’s there for YOU.

Your trainer for life,
Joey Atlas

Friday, November 28th 2014

How to Master Your Fitness – and Your Life


I’ve been promising this post for a while… And it’s finally ready for you.

If you’ve been around here a while, then you already know why I’m covering this topic today. BUT, if you’re new to ‘AtlasVille’ – then you might be wondering…

So, some helpful perspective for you:

There’s more to fitness than just “exercise and nutrition”… It’s is more about YOUR LIFE – as a whole. So, while I sometimes share great training videos and recipes here – THE REAL power is shared via the more “abstract” lessons on this blog.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by featuring some of the good-old-fashioned books I’ve read/am reading – and highlight some of the powerful insights and lessons from these great works. Below are two of them.

I’ve already read the one on the left, “Mastery” – by George Leonard (130 reviews/4.5 stars avg)- and most of the rest of this post will focus on that one.

I’m currently reading the one on the right, “Mastery” – by Robert Greene (393 reviews/4.5 stars avg)- and will write a future post featuring some of the gold contained in that one.

mastery books for self development
2 Books On Mastery – Both Worth Reading

Why read 2 books on the same subject – with the same title?

Simple – because both cover the subject in their own unique way. One is a shorter, more simplified read – while the other is much longer – much deeper – more detailed. That’s just one of the ways they differ…

Ok – now for some of the gold nuggets from George Leonard’s version of Mastery…

As I read (this has become a POWERFUL habit) I keep a pen or highlighter handy, and I highlight anything worth reading again (and again) in the future (one of the secrets of ‘mastery’ :-). I rarely read a book only once. I usually read with the intent to use each book as a reference guide in the future.

So, these golden nuggets are some of the pieces I’ve highlighted as my own reference material. Thoughts and perspectives worth practicing – and sharing for the benefit of others who also want to fuel their own evolution and personal development…

Some of these will only make complete sense when you read the book – and can then put the piece into context. Still I share what I will here to at least pique your interest in wanting to dig deeper and read each book yourself – to get the full and complete benefit – consumed and translated by your own mind… for application to your own, unique world.

Here we go…

1 – Mastery Note on Relationships (the ‘non-mastery’ way of the Dabbler)

“In love relationships (perhaps an unexpected place to look for signs of mastery, but a good one), the “Dabbler” specializes in honeymoons. He revels in seduction and surrender, the telling of life stories, the display of love’s tricks and trappings” the ego on parade.

When the initial ardor starts to cool, he starts looking around. To stay in the path of mastery (of relationship) would mean changing himself. How much easier it is to jump into another bed and start the process all over again. The Dabbler might think of himslef as an adventurer, a connoisseur of novelty, but he’s probably closer to what Carl Jung calls the puer aeternus, the eternal kid.

Though partners change, he (or she) stays just the same.”

2 – Negative & Positive Both Required for Mastery

“Generally, denial of truth inhibits energy, while realistic acknowledgement of the truth releases it.

Even serious blows in life can give you extra energy by knocking you off dead center, shaking you out of your lethargy–but NOT if you deny the blows are real. Acknowledging the negative simply means facing the truth of it – and moving on.

Once you’ve dealt with the negative, you’re free to concentrate on the best in yourself.” (The focus can then shift to positive progress.)

3 – No Excuses, and Here’s Why

“Whatever your age, your upbringing, or your education, what you’re made of is mostly unused potential. It is your evolutionary destiny to use what is unused, to learn and keep on learning for as long as you live. To choose this destiny, to walk the path of mastery, isn’t always easy, but it is the ultimate human adventure…”

I have many more dog-eared pages and highlights in this book. But, those 3 small excerpts should give you something of value all by themselves – and spark some interest in “wanting more”. More for yourself – and your life.

Have any comments, questions or thoughts about this post? Or just want to say thanks? Please do so below – I’d love to hear from you. Seriously…

Your trainer for life,
Joey Atlas

Thursday, October 16th 2014

Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy for Anti-Aging & Life Extension

I have a feeling this is going to be the first post of many – on this topic…

I’ve known about the field for quite some time – but in the last 4 months I’ve started to learn a lot more about the finer details – and the potential it offers us in terms of Anti-Aging & Life Extension.

One of the catalysts for me wanting to write about this for you – is the back/disc malfunction I went through about 2.5 years ago (depending on how long you’ve been here in ‘AtlasVille’ – you might remember me writing about that excruciating period of life). But there are more ingredients at work here…

regenerative stem cell solution - pre-delivery

pre-delivery stem cell solution (MSC)

The photo above is one I took – just a few days ago, during an actual Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy procedure. The vial being held by the doctors assistant, held over 1 Billion active mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), drawn just 1 hour prior – from the person they were re-injected into just 30 minutes after the photo was taken.

For now – that is all I can share in terms of the details of this story. Once I can share more, I will be sure to do so – because I believe anyone reading this will benefit from the information.

To be clear – when I speak of “Anti-Aging & Life Extension” – what I’m referring to (for now) is; Enhancing the performance and function of the human body and mind, AS WE AGE – and extending our quality of life – as a result.

Being in my mid-forties now – I am much more receptive to, and curious about, the potential and possibilities of regenerative stem cell therapy; including cell harvesting “to save for use at a later date” :-)

The more info I gather – the more fascinated I become. Part of this has to do with what I already know about the body & mind – and some of it has to do with my personal desire to “LIVE to the MAX” – for as long as possible…

Although in my early stages of exploring & learning – I thought it would be best to start sharing as I investigate & learn, instead of waiting to share…

I wouldn’t call this a rabbit hole – but rather a larger gateway into a field with many sub-specialties and intriguing applications. A field that is considered to be “young” at this point in time.

For now – I thought this resource would be a helpful piece to supplement what I wrote above – to give you some more insight into what potential exists in Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy for Anti-Aging & Life Extension

Stem Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2755803/

More to come… MUCH more.

Your trainer for ‘life’,
– Joey Atlas

PS – I’m currently reading about 5 books. And one of them, ‘Mastery’, has a handful of absolute life-changing “gems” that I’ll be sharing in the next few weeks (and I’m only on page 31!) ..so, stay tuned.

PPS – If you have any thoughts, comments, questions, kind words of praise… I want to hear from you – so please post below in the box. It’s there for YOU :-)

Tuesday, August 12th 2014

Are YOU the One for Me? And 4 other things

Thanks for coming over here today. It means a lot when you stop by to read what I’ve written…

So… 1st things first:

1 – Are You the One For Me?

That is the title of one of the helpful books someone mentioned in  my “3rd & Final Wife” post (LOTS of great comments at bottom).

I’m almost done reading this one – and the thing I keep saying to myself is; “This should be required reading for every teenager – male or female….”

Yes – it can help just about any adult who is willing to take the time to read it AND modify behaviors as recommended. But in the hands of teens – it can probably do a LOT of good in many ways – and save many years of heartache & dysfunction.

For me – it has re-affirmed lots of what I’ve been feeling, thinking and learning these last 15 years. And it’s fine-tuning my mindset as I move forward in my search for “her” – my ideal mate.

It’s one I wish I had when I was 16 or 17 years old. Each of my kids will be getting a copy VERY soon :-)

I’m reading a few other books as well (I usually read 2-3 at the same time) One of them is ‘The 5 Love Languages for Singles’… Just started it last night and already feeling good about it.

I’ll be sharing more insights as “my studies” progress…

2 – Anti-Aging & Natural Skin-Rejuvenation Freebies

These are taking just a little longer than we hoped – BUT, they are going to be worth the wait. You’ll see what I mean once you have these in front of you (we’re aiming for ASAP).

These are the 3 Freebies coming your way:

A – Skin Quality Assessment and Quick Start Solution PDF

B – Interview with a Woman Who Reversed the Visible Age of Her Skin

C – Natural Skin Enhancement & Rejuvenation Info-Graphic

Once those are ready – I’ll be sending them right to you… I PROMISE :-)

3 – High-Risk Supplement List (please share today’s post, even if only for this item)

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Get Your Copy of This FREE List – and Share With Others Who Need It

The helpful thing about this list, in addition to it being FREE, is that it’s maintained in real-time… which means you can’t download it, etc… Because it is constantly updated with dangerous dietary supplements that are high-risk, tainted, banned or recalled.

Definitely worth sharing via today’s blog post – and BOOKMARKING.

4 – Top Trainer in Lower Westchester NY & Greenwich CT area

If you, or someone you know, lives in Lower Westchester, NY or Greenwich, CT – and wants to hire one the TOP trainers in that area for either one-on-one, or small group training – let us know by getting in touch via our contact page.

My brother, Domenick, has 3 spots open in his schedule for new clients or groups. He is good. VERY good.

5 – The Amazing Toning, Shaping, Lifting & Sculpting Device for Women

About 3 years ago I started sketching out a unique idea for a small and simple device that could augment my lower-body toning & sculpting methods for women. (Picture a small device, used in combo with NB/SYMULAST, ULBHTM,… and ULBHT ‘To the MAX’)

The full story of what happened once I began to share my idea with a few select people will be shared in another post. But for today – I will share this…

What started as drawings in my idea book – is close to being a reality. An actual device you can fit into your purse – that makes all of my lower body programs at least 10 times more effective.

There is still some work to be done – but much progress has been made since the early stages of this concept. One can be in your hands sooner than you might imagine :-)

I’ll share a tiny sneak peek here:

 

Sneak Preview

Sneak Preview

The smartest personal trainers will have at least one of these in their gear bags.

That’s all I can give you for now – but as the details come together – I promise to share all I can so you can be ready for it.

- Do you already have questions about it?
– Are you slightly excited about it?
– Are you a bit intrigued?

If so, PLEASE post below – I’d love to hear what’s on your mind. Even if it has to do with one of the other topics I’ve written about today.

As always – thanks for reading.

Your trainer for life,
Joey Atlas

Wednesday, July 16th 2014

Relationship Books I’ve Read to Help Me Live to the Max

The slogan of this blog, Live to the Max, transcends ‘fitness’ – it is applied to all aspects of life.

On that note – as promised, here is your follow-up post to my recent and quite popular post The Inside Scoop On My 3rd and Final Wife

Again, I want to thank EVERYONE who commented on that post. I’ve already ordered about 6 of the books recommended by others. And I’m loving them so far…

new books for relationships and love

Some New Books for Relationships and Love

The purpose of today’s post is to share some of the books I’ve already read over the last year or two – and hopefully share a few insights & thoughts that might help a few readers today – maybe even help myself as I put things into the written word (a VERY powerful exercise, btw).

Innocent & True Display of Affection

Innocent & True Display of Affection

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I love to read. Not so much for the sake of reading – but to satisfy my thirst for knowledge & enlightenment – mostly focused on:

A – living to my fullest potential (in all areas)
B – inspiring others to do the same
C – and in the spirit of this blog – Living to the Max.

Today’s focus? Finding/Creating an awesomely healthy love-relationship. So…

I’ve been on a torrid reading spree of relationship-focused books. (some days I read 5 pages – other days it might be 60-70).

One of the authors I highly recommend is Robert Johnson.

Here is a link featuring some great quotes from him – to give you a taste of his work:

I’ve read the following books by him, so far:

1 – We; Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love
2 – He; Understanding Masculine Psychology
3 – She; Understanding Feminine Psychology
4 – Inner Work

I dog-eared them the first time through – but I will read them again, with a highlighter next time – as there are certain sentences and paragraphs that hit home in profound ways and will surely serve as powerful ‘review-reminders’ as time and life progresses.

There are times when I’m reading and I’ll come across an idea or concept that makes me stop and think about how deeply what I just read resonates with me – how much it is a belief, based on my values.

Seeing these things in black and white, from wise teachers who’ve been around much longer than I, is reaffirming – and also a boost that pushes my ‘awareness’ a bit higher.

Writing that just made me realize that as I go through each day – it’s easy to see how most people just “go through the motions” – motions that are fueled by societal norms and habits.

It’s a challenge to ‘step out’ of all that – and requires work & discipline – but it can be done, and it’s worth it – many, many times over….

And the more you do, the easier it gets. And with time you’ll notice you tend to connect with others who are working on developing ‘awareness’ in their journey of life.

I don’t want to get too far off base here (maybe another day) – so I’ll close with saying ‘thanks’ again, for reading this today – and let me know your thoughts on Robert Johnson (or any other thoughts you might have). Please post below…

Your trainer for life,
– Joey Atlas

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